Crown Princess Mary pictured consoling daughter at funeral
Crown Princess Mary has been pictured consoling her daughter as they mourn the loss of three Danish citizens at the funeral of ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s children.
The funerals were held overnight for the business tycoon’s three children, Alma, Agnes and Alfred, who were tragically killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka.
The Danish Royal attended the emotional farewell with Crown Prince Frederik and their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabelle, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine.
Crown Princess Mary, 47, who married Crown Prince Frederik in 2004, was seen consoling her daughter Isabella during the service.
During the service Mr Povlsen wrapped his arms around his wife Anne Storm-Pedersen and their surviving daughter Astrid as the three white coffins draped with flowers and balloons were carried into Aarhus cathedral in Denmark.
Alma, Agnes and Alfred Povlsen died during a luxury family holiday when ISIS suicide bombers ambushed the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.
Today with tears in her eyes and a look of extreme pain on her face, mum Anne leant into her husband for comfort as they watched the three small coffins arrive in three hearses.
They were joined by 700 mourners, including members of the Danish Royal Family and the country’s prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
Pastor Arne Holst-Larsen said during the emotional service: “The loss of our beloved children Alma, Agnes and Alfred are completely incomprehensible.
“With the many lovely people we have around us, close friends, talented colleagues and our loving family we will come together through it.
“We greatly appreciate the humanity that is also shown in Brande tonight — not only to our families and children, but to all the victims of the cruel acts in Sri Lanka.”
And in a poignant moment after the service Astrid released colourful balloons in memory of her sisters and brother.
The funeral comes two days after a memorial service in their home town Brande when Mr Povlsen, 46, described the family’s loss as “utterly incomprehensible”.
The fashion mogul, Scotland’s largest landowner who has a net worth of six billion Pounds (11 billion AUD), also thanked family and friends in the town of Brande for their love and support since the tragedy.
Just days before the attacks Mr Povlsen’s daughter Alma shared an Instagram photo of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, captioning the moment “three little bears”.
It is a tragic reminder of how fragile life can be.
The CEO of ASOS was injured during the bombing, while holidaying in Sri Lanka with his wife, Anne, and their four children.
Mr Polvsen was hospitalised with minor injuries, but three of the couple’s children, Alma, Agnes and Alfred, were tragically killed in the blast — Astrid survived the bombing.
According to UK tabloid The Mirror , Mr Povlsen and his wife wanted to give their children a down-to-earth childhood.
The couple decided to ditch their fancy private schools, instead enrolling the children in the public system.
They also forgo luxury vehicles in favour of a “battered” old Volkswagen, and taught their children to share their passion for environmental causes.
The Danish billionaire had revealed plans to give his estates to his children just days before they were killed.
In an open letter posted a few days ago, he and his wife said they planned to pass their 12 estates — and their ‘rewilding’ project — to their kids.
In an interview with The Times this month, the couple said their vision for the land would be entrusted to their four children.
The billionaire said: “From our home at Glenfeshie, both Anne and myself — our children and our parents too — have long enjoyed a deep connection with this magnificent landscape.
“As the holdings have grown and our common vision for the work becomes ever clearer, we have incorporated the entirety of the project into a venture we call Wildland.
“It’s a significant and lifelong commitment that we have made — not just for ourselves but for the Scottish people and Scottish nature too — a commitment which we believe in deeply.”